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Eating Disorders

Are you or your child suffering from anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and other eating disorders?
Center for Discovery can help. Center for Discovery has been helping teens and adolescents with eating disorders for over 17 years. Call toll free: 1-855-324-9428.

Warning Signs of Eating Disorders

Warning signs and symptoms of eating disorders vary depending on the specific disorder and it's stage of progression. Many people who suffer from eating disorders do not show any external signs. While others display many signs. Some of these signs include but are not limited to:
  • Dramatic weight loss.
  • Preoccupation with weight, food, calories, fat grams, and dieting.
  • Refusal to eat certain foods, progressing to restrictions against whole categories of food (e.g. no carbohydrates, etc.).
  • Denial of hunger.
  • Development of food rituals (e.g. eating foods in certain orders, excessive chewing, rearranging food on a plate).
  • Excessive, rigid exercise regimen--despite weather, fatigue, illness, or injury, the need to "burn off" calories taken in.
  • Withdrawal from usual friends and activities.
  • In general, behaviors and attitudes indicating that weight loss, dieting, and control of food are becoming primary concerns.
  • Strict adherence to diets regardless of weight.
  • Routine trips to the restroom immediately or shortly after eating.
  • Bingeing on large amounts of food, typically in hiding this behavior from others.
  • Hoarding large amounts of food.
  • Increase in consumption of laxatives, diuretics or diet pills.
  • Exercising compulsively, often several hours per day.
  • Using prescription stimulant medications (like Adderall) and/or illicit stimulant drugs (like cocaine) to suppress appetite.

Most eating disorders have different symptoms but share common emotional triggers. Many people who suffer from eating disorders also display emotional symptoms. Common signs of the emotional changes associated with having an eating disorder are:
  • Withdrawal from friends and family, particularly following questions about his/her disease or visible physical/medical side effects.
  • Avoidance of meals or situations where food may be present.
  • Frequent comments about feeling "fat" or overweight despite weight loss.
  • Anxiety about gaining weight or being "fat."
  • Obsessing over calorie intake and calories burned via exercise, even as one may be losing significant amounts of weight.

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